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    Keep Her Close by Erik Therme

    The little girl was 3 maybe 4 "Free to a good home written across the cardboard" A powerful start to Erik Therme's book Keep Her Close. Fast forward 15 years later and the little girl has grown and Dan and Holly had adopted her. What follows is a fast paced search for a missing Ally. The thought of a child missing is chilling and the book continues with an intense search for Ally. The book presents an interesting cast of characters woven together into a most disturbing scene of events. As with all Eric Therme's books I felt I was along for the ride. And what a ride it was.
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    Disappointing

    This was a quick easy read and it started out being so good. By the half-way mark, it just seemed to jump around way too much with unlikable characters and went downhill from there for me. If felt really awkward trying to read about the main character Ally and her roommate Ellie especially with the two names used in the same sentence. I was disappointed in this book and I was glad when I finished it. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    Wish there wasn't a cliffhanger

    I have reviewed for Erik Therme before and I generally like his book. So when he emailed me and asked me to review Keep Her Close, I said: “Why not“. Usually, his book are solid and a good read. Then I read Keep Her Close and came out disappointed. The book started off well enough and it was focused until Ally disappeared. At that point, the book started going off on tangents that made no sense to the original plotline. Like when Cal was tied up at the hotel. Did I need to know who Tucker was? Did I need to know who Gary was? I didn’t need to know the background between Tucker and Gary. It had no bearing to the plot at all. There were a bunch of scenarios like that in the book. It took away from the plotline. If the book had stuck to one main plotline and one or two sub-plotlines, I would have been alright. I could not connect to any of the characters. Dan’s anger issues made his character unlikable. Holly seemed co-dependent and useless. Cal gave me stalker vibes. And Nick was scum. Ally got on my nerves. There were parts of the book I did like. I thought that it was well written. There was a good suspenseful element to the book also. I liked the relationship that Dan, Holly, and Ally had. I also liked the relationship that Cal and Maddie had. I didn’t like how the book ended. I don’t like it when books end in cliffhangers. So when the book ended the way it did, I went “Whaaaaat!!!“. I ended up rereading the last few chapters of the book to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Which I didn’t. It frustrated me to read that. I wanted to know what was in that letter!!
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    Keep Her Close

    Keep Her Close is the latest story by Erik Therme. The main story in Keep Her Close takes place in one day with the "main character" actually being a lie. I'm calling the lie a main character as the entire story begins because of of the lie. Some edge of the seat moments. I was given an early copy to review.
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    Slightly Suspenseful

    Ally was found alone in a parking lot, dirty, barefooted, in the middle of winter. She was 3 years old. A short way away was the body of a woman. She had jumped or been pushed off the roof. Her mother? Aunt? Her father was never found. A young couple who found her ended up adopting her. She's been the light for both her new parents. It is now 15 years later. Ally is well-adjusted .. living away from home for the first time .. and she's just received a letter from her 'real' father. He says he's dying from cancer and wants to see her just once before he dies. Her adopted father scoffs at the genuineness of the letter. How did he find her? Why hasn't he contacted her before? Days later, Ally disappears. This is the rapid race of parents trying to find their daughter. No one really believes she has been abducted... not her supposed boyfriend they know nothing about .... not her roommate who harbors a deep resentment of her friend. There are plenty of other suspects to keep an eyes on. Secrecy and lies abound. Who can they trust? Where is their daughter? This was a quick read ... suspenseful ... questionable characters. I didn't find it entirely credible ... but it is called fiction for a reason. The ending was not what I expected ..and either the author is planning a follow up book or this is one of those books you make your own ending. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of KEEP HER CLOSE. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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